The cyber attack on a NHS trust in Lincolnshire that led to operations being cancelled for four days in October has been attributed to a ransomware outbreak.
In a statement circulated today, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust finally revealed the source of the outbreak, which led the organisation to shut down almost all the organisation’s IT systems, and to cancel all operations for several days until the outbreak was contained and dealt with.
“The cyber attack experienced by Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust in October 2016 was a variant of ransomware called Globe2,” Pam Clipson, director of strategy and planning at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, told Computing.
Clipson then explained how the Trust sought to tackle the outbreak: “Our teams took immediate action upon detection of the attack, minimising its impact. The Trust took